Thanksgiving celebrations in Chicago start as early as two weeks before the holiday, and the Thanksgiving 2009 lineup includes Turkey Day football games, holiday theater events and community parties. Whether you want to start your Thanksgiving 2009 celebration with the parade down State Street or countdown to the holidays with a theater performance at a local park, here are some of the top Thanksgiving 2009 events to look forward to in Chicago, Illinois:
2009 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
Kick off your Thanksgiving 2009 celebration with the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Chicago. The parade will take place on November 26 from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. and features marching bands, giant helium balloons, street entertainers and holiday-themed floats making their way down State Street. This Chicago tradition is organized by the Chicago Festival Association. Call (312) 235-2217 for more information about the event.
Thanksgiving Party at Jackie Robinson Park
The Chicago Park District hosts an annual Thanksgiving Party the week before Thanksgiving Day to pay tribute to the pilgrims and give families a chance to celebrate the holidays together. For the 2009 Thanksgiving season, the Thanksgiving Party will take place on November 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park. The park will feature kid-friendly events and holiday-themed activities for the entire family. Visit ChicagoParkDistrict.com for more information.
Holiday Showcase at Piotrowski Park
Enjoy a holiday variety show at Piotrowski Park on November 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the whole family. The event includes drama, comedies and musical acts and a lineup of holiday-themed presentations. It’s a fun way to countdown to the holiday season and get together with friends and family before the Thanksgiving revelries begin! Admission is just $3 per person, and the event is suitable for all ages. Call (312) 747-2001 for more information.
Attend the Turkey Shoot at Davis Square Park
Football fans of all ages can head to Davis Square Park for the annual Turkey Shoot event on the field. The games run from 10 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving day, and the event is open to all ages. This free activity is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors before your Thanksgiving meal. Call (312) 747-2001 for more information.
NoMI Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
As one of the largest brunch buffets in the city, the NoMI Thanksgiving 2009 brunch is an event in itself and a great destination for any families that don’t want to cook this holiday season. This upscale restaurant serves a grand holiday buffet with all of your Thanksgiving favorites and comfort foods. Head here for carved turkey, potatoes, sides and a grand showcase of desserts. NoMI is located on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt hotel on 800 North Michigan Avenue. Call (312) 239-4030 for Thanksgiving 2009 brunch reservations and more information.